Keep it Simple
Where are those Christmas Day’s that saw us making presents for each other, or simply buying one token of appreciation for that special someone instead of amassing them with a dozen gifts whilst maxing out your credit card?
It all seems a bit over-the-top to me. Christmas has gone haywire! We overspend, over-consume and over-indulge.
A Change for the Better
In an attempt to rekindle the spark of this festive season, my family and I have decided to get together for a celebratory meal, to exchange gifts that are either home-made or to stick to a budget of no more than around $8.00 (or a really nice idea is to donate to a cause close to their heart, in their name).
The focus is going to be on having fun, counting our blessings and having the honour and privilege of being together.
Bring the Sparkle Back with Simplicity
Let’s try to bring back the magic to Christmas by making things simple.
- Prepare a simple meal (you know what I mean — most people go way over the top and end up cooking for a small army).
- Make, or even better, bake your gifts! There’s nothing that says you care more than a gift from the heart (especially a tasty one!).
- Simply be kind to everyone you meet (you should try to make this an everyday practice and not just a seasonal tradition — but to start at Christmas-time would be a giant leap in the right direction).
- Instead of hyping yourself up with all the preparations and festive manic fiasco’s, do a ‘go slow’. Maintain a calm and peaceful resolve and enjoy yourself — make it about fun and festivities, not chaos and tears. I promise you will get more done this way. Simplify and you will gratify.
- Try to play it safe this season. Limit the alcohol intake, the traveling (unless you really have to) and on pain of death — don’t combine a mixture of the two!
Free Zen e-card and Festive Timeline
Below you will find a free zen e-card that you can send your family and friends and you can jazz up your Facebook timeline with this zen-themed picture for the season.
Here is your free zen Christmas e-card (click on the picture, right-click and ‘save as’ to your computer, then upload from your computer or just simply copy and paste into the e-mail):
Here is your festive zen-themed Facebook Timeline (click on the picture, right-click and ‘save as’ to your computer, then upload from your computer onto your Facebook page as a cover):
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